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HNC Policing

Ashington Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:

EDEXCEL BTEC Higher National Certificate in Policing Level 4

Start Date:
14 January

Who is the course for?

This programme aims to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the policing sector. On successful completion students will have gained knowledge of policing concepts and be able to communicate accurately and appropriately with the qualities and skills needed for employment that requires some degree of responsibility.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

Ideally applicants will have 80 UCAS points. This is the equivalent of an MMP from an Extended Diploma. For candidates who have completed a 2 year diploma; 64 UCAS points must come from 2 grades (the equivalent of)

two merits . 1 GCSE at grade 4 or above, plus GCSE in English or Maths is also required. You will be expected to take the additional GCSE alongside your qualification if you do not have two GCSEs at grade 4.

Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to evidence appropriate levels of work-related experience and/or vocational qualifications, together with an active interest in the subject area.

What will I study on the course?

Modules include:

- Small-scale Research Project in Policing

- Criminal Law

- Police and the Criminal Justice Service

- Equality and Diversity in the Police Service

- Roads Policing

- Technology and the Police Services

- Criminology Practical Application for the

- Police Service

- Command and Control

Validated by: EDEXCEL

Duration 1 year full time (Sept-June)

Level 4

Course Cost: £6150 fees for 19/20

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips.The course runs full-time over 1 year.

Assessment will be continuous via a wide range of methods including seminars, projects, presentations,

reports, and practical exams. Some of the additional vocational qualifications, which are optional, may also require the submission of portfolio evidence and the completion of externally set and marked exams.

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment or progress such as English or maths.

EDEXCEL BTEC Higher National Certificate in Policing Level 4

On successful completion students may progress to further study or employment as a Special Constable, Police Volunteer or Police Staff (civilian roles).

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Northumberland College is now part of the regional college group Education Partnership North East. The UCAS institution to apply for this programme is City of Sunderland College, with the institution code C69.

You should apply for this course through UCAS and search either by course or for City of Sunderland College.

Please use this link to the UCAS website

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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